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EEOC 50th Anniversary


Milestones in the History of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Congress established the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) 35 years ago to enforce Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., and 50 field offices nationwide, EEOC is the Federal Government's premier civil rights agency. This is a chronology by calendar year documenting the origin and history of EEOC.

Pre 1965:
Events Leading to the Creation of EEOC
1965 - 1971:
A "Toothless Tiger" Helps Shape the Law and Educate the Public
The 1970s: The "Toothless Tiger" Gets Its Teeth - A New Era of Enforcement
The 1980s: A Period of Change and Reassessment
The 1990s: New Laws, New Strategies
The 2000s: Charting a Course for the 21st Century